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Pig Pen Podcast: Grading A Fantastic 2020 Draft

Rivera and Smith start with a bang

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For the duo of Ron Rivera and Kyle Smith the 2020 NFL draft was the first real test with the Redskins. It’s safe to say they passed with flying colors. Calling their draft “perfect” might be a stretch, but calling the 2020 class anything other than “damn good” would be a lie.

Selecting Chase Young at No. 2 was the obvious choice. The Redskins got a one of a kind talent and the best player in the draft. There shouldn’t be a ton of arguing with that selection.

With no picks in the second round, picks 66, 108 and 142 became crucial to building this class. Safe to say, they crushed it. Adding big time playmakers Antonio Gibson out of Memphis and Antonio Gandy-Golden out of Liberty should provide a spark to the offense.

But the pick that could define this class was Saahdiq Charles at 108. The pick came almost immediately after the team officially traded Trent Williams. Charles is the personification of high risk, high reward. Marked with the “character flaw” scarlet letter, Charles is a borderline first line talent that fell to the fourth round.

If the Redskins can maximize Charles’ talent and straighten him out, the team may have found a long-term replacement for Williams. If Ron Rivera can’t straighten you out, odds are you can’t be straightened out.

Every pick made by the team was made with a purpose, something that has been a rarity with past regimes. Of course, finally moving on from Williams was a nice treat as well.

As far as a grade goes, I give the team an A. I think the organization really made the best out of this weekend.

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